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Finland Hosts First-Ever Heavy Metal Knitting Championships

18 Jul 2019
Finland Hosts First-Ever Heavy Metal Knitting Championships

Joensuu, Finland held the first ever Heavy Metal Knitting Championships on July 11, because of course Finland did. The competition is exactly what you think it is – a bunch of people knitting but also head banging to heavy metal. According to a report by Metro, the contest hosted competitors from UK, Denmark, Russia, Israel, and more. The contest was won by Giga Body Metal group from Japan, who you can see in the video below donning kimonos and employing a little sumo wrestling as well.

You can also watch all the audition tapes via the below YouTube playlist. The Heavy Metal Knitting Championships described themselves as such.



"Finland is the promised land of heavy metal music. There are 50 heavy metal bands per 100 000 Finnish citizens, which is astonishingly many and actually more than anywhere else in the whole world. The number of needlework enthusiasts is equally high, as according to even the most modest estimates there are hundreds of thousands of people in Finland who are immersed various kinds of needlework crafts, knitting included."

knitting & Trump

24 Jun 2019
knitting & Trump

'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump

One of the biggest knitting websites in the world, which claims to have more than 8 million members, has announced that it will ban users from expressing support for Donald Trump, saying that to do so constitutes "white supremacy”.

On Sunday, administrators for Ravelry, a site for knitters, crocheters, designers and anyone dabbling in the fibre arts, said that they were making any expression of support for Trump and his administration in forum posts, patterns, on their profile pages or elsewhere permanently off limits.

"We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allows support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration undeniably supports for white supremacy,” the site’s administrators said in a post.

Users could also be permanently banned under the policy.

The Trump ban comes only months after political upheaval gripped the knitting and crochet community around issues of racial and cultural insensitivity. That debate was sparked by popular knitwear designer and blogger Karen Templer, who wrote in January about a planned trip to India, likening it, in her excitement, to visiting Mars. Many in the craft community objected to the characterisation, calling it othering and reductive.

Templer apologised soon afterwards, but the incident had a ripple effect, sparking off conversations about diversity and inclusivity in the craft community on Instagram, Ravelry and other places that crafters congregate online. A similar debate about cultural sensitivity and appropriation recently occurred in the sewing community.

"We are not endorsing the Democrats nor banning Republicans,” the post said. "We are not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.”

The policy drew on a similar statement made last year by roleplaying game site RPG.net, which banned advocacy of Trump from its forums because the Trump administration was an "elected hate group”.

"His public comments, policies, and the makeup of his administration are so wholly incompatible with our values that formal political neutrality is not tenable,” said RPG.net’s administrators in a post. "We can be welcoming to (for example) persons of every ethnicity who want to talk about games, or we can allow support for open white supremacy. Not both.”

The knitting and crochet community has played a prominent role in the anti-Trump movement in the past, with women wearing homemade pink "pussy” hats to demonstrations around his election and inauguration becoming a distinctive symbol of protest against his presidency.

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30 Jan 2019
End of January Sale

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Danny Dyer loves knitting

25 Jul 2018
Danny Dyer loves knitting

Danny Dyer reveals he destresses knitting 

The EastEnders star, who plays pub landlord Mick Carter, is indeed addicted to knitting and picked up the unlikely hobby from fellow cast members.

They often knit in the soap’s green room in between takes.

And he has become such a pro he has even started receiving orders for handmade jumpers and scarves from impressed family and friends.

The popular actor, 40, spoke of his passion for the hobby at the soap’s Elstree studios.

He said: "Yeah. I’m a bit of a dab hand with the knitting stuff.

"I’m getting orders for jumpers and scarves. It’s relaxing, too.”

It is unclear whether he has knitted anything for his daughter Dani.

Danny Dyer loves knitting

29 Jan 2018
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